There will be a new professional golf tournament format introduced in 2017, and I'm guessing you have never seen anything like it. The European Tour announced on Wednesday it will have a 54-hole stroke play event that culminates in the top 24 players after those 54 holes playing six-hole match play events on the final day to determine a winner.
The catch? If those six-hole match play events are tied after six holes, the winner will be determined by a closest-to-the-pin competition. This is a real professional golf tournament! The 24 will be whittled down through match play, and the process will be repeated in each round until there is a winner.
The World Super 6 Perth will be played in February in Australia and will be co-sanctioned by the European Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia. Louis Oosthuizen is the reigning champion (albeit with a much different format).
"This initiative was something that we spoke about at great length to our Tournament Committee, led by Chairman Thomas Bjorn," said European Tour CEO Keith Pelley. "We are thrilled to participate in this because, at the European Tour, we believe that golf needs to look at new and innovative formats."
Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA Tour of Australasia, agreed.
"This is an exciting day for international golf as we launch the World Super 6 Perth; a golf tournament which is set to change the way people view golf," he said.
If they really wanted to spice things up, they should consider a closest-to-the-keg competition.